Andrew Hockey said: “I am delighted to be taking on this role at this time. The engineering construction industry faces some major challenges – not least in securing the skills needed for the country to meet its Net Zero aspirations.
“There are huge infrastructure projects on the horizon including multiple carbon capture, hydrogen and fixed offshore wind projects in the design or planning stage, and floating offshore wind projects under discussion. The workforce as it stands right now would be unable to meet this demand.
“Whilst my immediate focus will be to deliver the ECITB Strategy 2023-2025 that was developed in partnership with industry, training providers and the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments – I will also be looking to the future.
“We need a more diverse workforce to help develop the way we operate and to grow the number of skilled workers to meet future demand in planning and executing projects.
“So, I will be looking to map out what should come after 2025 and make sure the ECITB continues to provide real value to our companies who fund us via the levy and the wider industry.
“I have been in the industry for more than four decades and have a keen interest in the ECITB’s success.
“Chris Claydon and Andy Brown have laid a solid platform for the ECITB team to build upon and I am excited to take on this role and to have the opportunity to give something back.”